Glenglassaugh 1983 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice

Glenglassaugh G&M 2

For my second review of the experiment I call “Poll /r/Scotch[1] “, I tried the Glenglassaugh 1983 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice. That’s quite a mouthful.

As a reminder, the three I was able to try as part of this experiment (and not be too hungover the next day) were:

  • Aberfeldy 21
  • Balvenie 14 year Carribean Cask (for the community review)
  • Glenglassaugh 1983 Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice

I was recommended this one by /u/Jonker1541[2] , so any fame or blame goes right to him. I hadn’t heard too much on it, and it was a rare and, I quote, “legendary”, so who was I to turn down the chance to try it?

Also, in the past there was a request for more Gordon & MacPhail, so it’s always nice to fulfill the requests of the community.

Yeah, let’s go with that. I’m selfless.

Glenglassaugh G&M

Price: N/A in Ontario

Region: Speyside

Abv: 40%

Age: 10 years

Colour: Walnut

Nose: Mango pie, peach pie, flowers, light medicine, burned out campfire, hospital, candy shop, plums

Very nice mixture here, with cooked fruit, nice floral and sea touches. Like if Caol Ila tried to make a Lowland that was Cask Strength.

Note to self: Try to sell Caol Ila on making a Lowland, that’d be cool. To me. And probably only me.

Taste: Cherry syrup, lemongrass, blueberry, maple, rosewater, lemon candy, grapes, cream

Very sweet. Reminded me of Cherry whiskey at first. There’s a little bit of contrast, however the idea of SWEET is here like a neon sign on a dark night. Or like showing up to a goth club dressed up like Hawkeye from Mash.

Finish: Bitter melon, cocoa, smoke, peat, cherry, oak, mushroom, watery, banana, toffee, dry

LONG length on the finish, and it’s quite dry. Very dry. That peatiness is back, which is nice, however I was hoping for a little bit more from it. It’s trying to be Yamazaki 18 and not really doing it and then throwing some peat to make up. Which it does make up a little, however it’s not as balanced as I’d like.

Wow, I gotta go back to some beginner drams, I’m a snob. So sad.

Conclusion: I’m a snob. Score: Pathetic/Needs a reality check.

Oh, you wanted a conclusion about the Scotch. This one is a nice Speyside. Is it legendary? Not for me. Don’t get me wrong, this is good. Great even. And if you have a chance, try it out. Maybe it’s the 14 year that is the better one, however I think the low Abv. and the potentially muddled finish could be improved.

Now to find out if Caol Ila has any experimental drams…

85/100

Scotch review #48, Speyside review #10, Whisky Network review #68

1001 Whiskies to taste before you die review #41

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